Friday, August 3, 2012
I've been remiss in maintaining my blog — I plead the craziness of summer scheduling! Here are the after pictures from the Junior League of Hartford Show House, photographed by the talented Michael Partenio.
The space was called "It's a Boy's Life". From this angle, you can see the ceiling and wall tent I created. The panels are tied together with leather cord through the antique bronze grommets. The ikat drapery set the color palette for the room. The neutral canvas panels and wall color are a calm backdrop. The custom queen bed coverlet is denim, similar in tone to the animal print on the plush arm chair. The glass drop lamp is a fun shape and doesn't take up much visual space.
Junior League of Hartford Show House boy's bedroom
Opposite the reading nook, at the front of the house, a small dormer was designed as a micro work space. The drop-down desk is large enough for a laptop. Even an adventurous boy needs a place to do homework! The drawer pulls I designed for the built-in drawers were a huge hit — literally, sticks from my yard, courtesy of Winter Storm Alfred! On the walls, favorite quotes from Tolkein and St. Augustine speak to this boy's love of travel.
The dormer as workspace
A close up of the custom bed with wing headboard and bedding. These pieces could easily fit into any adult master bedroom! (missing from the picture is the custom bolster, seen in the next non-professional picture).
- Custom furniture and bedding is not just for adults!
- In this amateur picture, you can see the bolster and the full shape of the bed
Opposite the bed, the custom mural by Patrick Ganino expands the boy's vista and the boundaries of the bedroom!
So much fun to look out of the tent at this vista!
This Junior League of Hartford Show House boy's bedroom was so much fun to design! I hope you had a chance to visit the show house — it will be 3 more years before you have another chance!
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Stating the obvious here, but big houses usually have big rooms. Bigger is not always better, especially when left with a long, long, long wall space without any discernible function. A space that needs to anchor half the room, but has a footprint only 18 inches deep because it abuts the primary pathway through the room. The previous homeowners inserted a console and mirror ensemble best suited to a funeral home. Folks, please don't try this at home.
funeral home console
No matter the size of the room, functionality is key. The console above offers none. Now check out the solution: ten feet (!) of luscious red lacquered, antique Chinese awesomeness!
red lacquer sideboard just shy of 10 feet long! photo: Michael Partenio
This beauty is courtesy of Antiques by Zaar — THE source for designers in search of fabulous antique Chinese and Tibetan furniture pieces. Owner Ruth Olbrych has the goods, the experience and the knowledge. Nothing excites a room like an antique so lovely it could be custom! Antiques are key players when working toward a mix of periods and styles in any space. Chinese antiques in particular are an affordable choice to bring that feeling of collected-over-time to a newly decorated room. With an exciting range of colors and patterns, Chinese and Tibetan antiques case goods mix happily with other wood tones and Oriental rugs.
If you would like help blending antique Chinese furniture into your home, email Ruth or myself. We'd love to help!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Many thanks to designer and Houzz contributor Pangaea for including my room in her idea book featured today on the Houzz.com home page!
To visit the ideabook titled "11 Ways to Create a Multipurpose Office Space", click here. Pangaea points out when space is short, a great option is to fit a home office into a secretary desk, like the Hallings Secretary from Hickory Chair. This classic, designed by Thomas O'Brien, melds beautifully into traditional or more contemporary rooms.
The Hallings Secretary from Hickory Chair
When more space is not an option, make the most of the space you have!